Creative works engaged with the land : “Lo-Fi Arts Festival” this weekend, 8/13, ‘Solstenen’ off-site

I am SO thrilled to be getting out of the city and taking Solstenen project up to the   Lo-Fi Arts Festival-”Not to Scale”,  at Smoke Farm, Arlington Washington!

Sarah Kavage's "grass braid" from 2009 Lo-Fi Festival

Sarah Kavage's "grass braid" from 2009 Lo-Fi Festival

Smoke Farm is a truly transformative place, itself a metamorphosis from wilderness to farmland and now back to salmon habitat and a space to creatively engage with the land.  I have had the privilege of getting to do a few residencies at Smoke Farm, and the site has changed me; the massive slugs that crawl out at dusk were the beginning of my Slug Princess for The Silvering Path film I co-created in 2008 (shot on location at Smoke Farm), and my photographs from my recent show “Honey and Lightening” were all shot at various places at this incredible site.  Please come experience it for yourself, August 13th, Saturday, All-day, Join Solstenen off-site for Community Crochet!

winter fields at Smoke Farm

winter fields at Smoke Farm

You still have time to get tickets before you come, camp or just stay for the day.

ADVANCE TICKETS: Gates open at 12 noon on Saturday August 13. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpaperticke​ts.com/event/171964

INFO: festival@smokefarm.org

Keely Isaak Meehan at Smoke Farm

Keely Isaak Meehan at Smoke Farm

From the Facebook invite:

The 2011 Lo-Fi Arts Festival *Not to Scale features site-specific work in all visual and performance media and happens at Smoke Farm on August 13, 2011.

The Lo-Fi Festival Vision: A 24 hour exploration of installation, performance, and interaction with the Farm which seeks to seed the Farm with narrative and inquiry about place and our use of landscape; providing an unusual opportunity for artists to work in expansive ways within a specific site.

Lo-Fi Artists: Aaron Loveitt, Alexandra Baybutt, Amy Billharz, flatchestedmama, Anne Blackburn, The Lonely Coast, Arne Pihl, Interrupture, Chris McMullen and Steve Withycombe, Daryle Conners, “Awesome”, South Meadow Cabaret, dk pan/NKO, Doug Nufer, ticktock with Sculpture by Miguel Edwards, Ellen Welcker, Eric John Olson, Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia, Greg Bem, ilvs strauss, Jennifer Law and Toby Cohen, Jenna Bean Veatch, Jodee Adams-Moore, John Boylan, Josh Peterson, Kate Fernandez, Fruition Productions, Kathleen Skeels, Keely Isaak Meehan, Kelly Igoe, Ken Turner, Kristin Tollefson, Laura Becker and Evan Blackwell, Mandy Greer, Maridee Slater, Meg Hartwig, Mike Katell, Mike McCracken, soikowski research/performance, Rick Araluce, Robb Kunz, Sara Edwards, Sarah DeWeerdt, Sarah Ferreter and Katherine Wimble, Sarah Kavage and Adria Garcia, Saskia Delores, Vis-a-Vis Society, Stephen Roxborough, Steve Leroux, Bear and Beaster, Susan Balshor, Valet Design, Titanium Sporkesta, Tom de Beauchamp

Food: Regional food trucks and produce vendors will be on hand, so bring your cash! We will also provide grills and charcoal to cook your own.

CAMPING: BYO gear!

Tickets: Gates open at 12 noon on Saturday August 13. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpaperticke​ts.com/event/171964

Info: festival@smokefarm.org

Parking is limited – carpooling is recommended.

DISCOUNT OPTION: Bike to the farm and pay only $15! Available only at the gate with bike! (Be sweaty..)

The Smoke Farm Venue: As the Farm is invested in conservation and habitat restoration as part of its mission, a lo-tech or no-tech; pack it in, pack it out ethos is central to our approach to the land. A 360 acre former dairy farm in a serene river valley situated outside Arlington, WA; Smoke Farm focuses on supporting art, science, and philosophy through creative engagement and community work as a project of the Rubicon Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Many Thanks to the crocheters of Aug. 2, please join us again Tomorrow!

EVERY last crochet event I have held through the last several years of projects has had a slightly or radically different sense of group dynamics, I can’t help but notice it, sometimes it’s striking.  Some people naturally and effortlessly and generously make other people comfortable.  I can’t say exactly that I have that skill, but it seemed like last weeks crochet party on August 2nd was a magnet for people who quietly yet energetically like to get to know about others around them.  It was wonderful to watch unfold.  So thank you, you congenial bunch!  And I know I’ll see you again, because you all told me you’d be back and I take you at your words!

Anyone wanting to learn to crochet, or learn to crochet more intuitively, or learn about the ever-unfolding spirit of human community, please stop in tomorrow, August 9th from 3:30 – 7:30.  And join in!

And just a note, though I haven’t changed it on the Calendar of Events yet, I am cutting next week’s crochet party on August 16th short, just till 6pm, because it’s my son’s birthday and we are going on a date.  Thanks for understanding the change.

sweet babies show up at TPR

sweet babies show up at TPR

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Thank you last week’s crocheters, 7/26 ! Hope to see you tomorrow, Aug. 2nd, 3:30-7:30

Man, lately the grant deadline schedule has run a steamroller through my available time and head space for blog writing and getting my thoughts down.  I know the Solstenen residency at The Project Room is supposed to be about how these large things get made, and the grants are just part of it, but they eat and eat at the precious set-aside-hours for making, and  I am chomping at the bit for that writing time, to translate my chicken scratch into something readable…The week has sped by.

scratchy notes...

scratchy notes...

It is time already for another crochet party, tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd!  Last week’s was so lively, with neighbors connecting, and an impromptu pot-luck spread, and past and new crocheters.  Thank you, thank you to those folks who just keep coming, with fabric and yarn donations and an openess to just spending some time making.  I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Kim is back from crocheting on MMMM together in 2009

Kim is back from crocheting on MMMM together in 2009

Kim is a speed demon with the crochet hook…

Katherine has been knitting, because that’s what suits her, and she kindly brought some homemade bread.

Please join us at The Project Room, Tuesday at 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  All skill levels welcome (or no skill level…I love to teach a beginner).

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Recap of last week…..Community Crochet on July 19th…

I am stunned that I have now been in residence at The Project Room for two full weeks, it has both been a flurry of activity on many levels and also sped by with me still trying to find a rhythm in all the roles I am trying to negotiate.  I began a bit last week taking daily notes and quick snap-shots of what I was working on…I’m not sure if I will continue that but I will try (I still need to edit and examine…and log that stuff in here.)

Sewing Albatross feathers every day...with hundreds to go...

Sewing Albatross feathers every day...with hundreds to go...

There now seems to be a steady stream of visitors, people checking to see just what TPR is, and also a number of people curious about the sandwich board with ‘learn to crochet’.  I get a thrill of pleasure telling people it’s free, and also convincing those few who are apprehensive that they can learn it!  The Seattle Times mention brought in several people with the article snipped out of the paper (I love that practice, even with smart phones and whatever…clipping the paper still has a pull).

With just two weeks and three Community Crochet events past, the sense that people are returning again and again to join in is heartening.  The flurry of activity will continue, I’ll try to do too much, but in September back in the quiet (sometimes) of my own studio, I am imagining the giant tangle of silver and gray I’ll have to bend to my will, made by friends old and new.

Dancer/aerialist Elizabeth Rose of ticktock dance dropped in with her cute date!

Katherine brought her knitting needles….

Remember, another Tuesday is here, please join me…

My goodness, a full week in The Project Room, trying to settle into many roles in the Solstenen project, and I obviously must like the juggling, I seek it out in thing after thing!  It has been a week full of the admin side of being an almost self-supporting maker, writing grants and following up email needs, and this and that and that and this.  I also got to write and think about the work of the Defornament artists, and have bursts of excited chit chat about all that we seem to share in our practices as artists, and I look forward to a more in-depth written exchange between us all for my little interview project.  It was a busy week, and I haven’t yet sorted through the flurry of documenting images of the last crochet party, and it’s already another one!  Please join me this Tuesday the 26th, 3:30-7:30pm, as I try to unwind into the role of maker and teacher, with your help!

please come learn to crochet

please come learn to crochet

Thanks for coming to the opening Solstenen Community Crochet Party on July 14th!

Community Crochet 7/14/11

Community Crochet 7/14/11

The Project Room and the Solstenen project opened last Thursday July 14th with a crush of warm feelings from supporters and people excited about the new energetic art space on Capital Hill.  I saw many people I’ve met through my crochet parties from the past few years, many artist friends and art supporters, and some people just curious about the lively activity going on inside!

Tessa, Anne, Julia

Tessa, Anne, Julia

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and for some really generous donations of new materials to work with (some very special handmade garments/linens I’m looking forward to dyeing and deconstructing and reconstructing!)

Jenifer Ward, Paul Pauper

Jenifer Ward, Paul Pauper

One thing I hadn’t realized until people started coming in and I was setting them in motion crocheting;  usually at crochet parties I am a lot farther along in a project and I have an agenda/need (“need more thick ropes, need round parts, need ruffles”).  This crochet party was essentially the very first stitch of this new work, literally.  I was shrugging my shoulders, ‘the concepts are developing, so please just enjoy crocheting’, was about all I could say.  Take pleasure in the materials, think of it as doodling or drawing, just play.  Usually this messing around for me is done alone, in private.  The first shrug of my shoulders, I felt a bit vulnerable, ‘shouldn’t I know?!’.  No.  It all starts this way, all generative work, not knowing.  Especially with this work, I want to fend off the external and internal impetuous to ‘know’ everything, especially with the environmental installation component of the project to take place in Iceland.  I want to respond intuitively to a place I find; yes, with thread and ropes of time spent where I came from, like the baggage we literally and figuratively drag everywhere.  But still to push and push to stay in the moment of the environment.

Jennifer, Aurora

Jennifer, Aurora

So thank you everyone for just diving in; it seemed people were excited to just be with the process and be with each other.

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And Thank you Project Room family Van Nostrands and Smiths. This is what it looks like to give birth to a baby and open an experimental art center in the course of 30 days!

Jess opening doors

Jess opening doors

There is a subtext to many of my discussions about this project of mine, about blending daily life, family and a passion for ideas and making.  I really feel quite privileged to get to watch Jess Van Nostrand kick ass at this delicate dance we do to carve out a place where we can do what we need to do feed our work.

Erin, Troy, Jen

Erin, Troy, Jen

Much gratitude!  And please join me again on Tuesday July 19th, 3:30-7:30pm, as we do it all again!

The Project Room AND ‘Solstenen’ begin this Thursday July 14th!

Coming upon this Thursday I feel a bit like I’m standing at the top of the hill ready to push the big boulder over the edge and gleefully watch it go, but I’m not alone. Curator Jess Van Nostrand also begins her new adventure, The Project Room and is giving me one giant supportive push in the process. We’re both jumping off into our new projects, flush in support from enthusiastic, talented and generously smart people who have our backs. Thank you, Jess, for having mine! Support at the onset of a big project is so validating, and takes a bit off the edge of the intensity of so much preparation.

Please join me in supporting this new multi-disciplinary venture of Jess’s, drop by The Project Room on this Thursday, July 14th from 5-8pm, during Capital Hill’s Art Walk. Check out the new space, say hello, and spend a bit of time crocheting with me. This Community Crochet Party will be the first of many this summer at The Project Room.

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As always with the crochet parties, people with no known artistic ability are encouraged to attend, I will tease it out of you! Crocheting is unfathomably easy to teach and… to learn. And you will have fun. If you already rock the hook, come share what you know.

I’ll have hooks and fiber, but I am totally grateful for any donated gray or silver yarns, threads, old clothes…anything.

At SAM Remix, Summer 2010

At SAM Remix, Summer 2010

Also on hand, will be drinks and treats. Potluck some finger foods, if you are feeling communal! Linger awhile or just bring some good energy for a moment to welcome this new creative center to Seattle!